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Fri, 30 Oct 1998 14:01:23 +0000
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"It's nice to hear of a good sourcebook story.  I'm beginning to suspect
(it's taken all these years and mucho$$ to decide this) that the type of
most potential clients are looking for might be the simpler, more direct
topical types of illustrations.  The WOW art is great, but most clients
don't feel they have a budget to buy the fancy fancy full color airbrush

A list-serv member contributed this comment a week or so ago, and I
found it thought provoking. Have other illustrators in the Guild
experienced the same thing? I've been told by some of my mentors that
you must always show your best work. I've also been told by my mentors
that publishers/clients have trouble making transitions from one type of
work to another, in other words, they want to see that you can do
exactly what they want done. So that might support the notion that if
they want simple black and white work (black and white does not
automatically mean simple by-the-way), that they would hire the
illustrator who shows this type of work in his/her advertising rather
than the illustrator with detailed color work.

Amelia Janes
Wisconsin Cartographers' Guild / Midwest Educational Graphics
6 Lyons Circle
Madison, WI   53704
fax  608-244-3889
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